Hard-work pays off - that’s the message for a group of karate kids who have just represented the UK.
Nine young members of SKPF Shotokan Karate Association all impressed during their WUKF European Karate Championships bow in Sheffield last week.
In particular, nine-year-old duo Ashley Axon and Joshua Ormiston won their first two fights but were eventually knocked out in their final bouts.
The pair were selected from their Goldthorpe-based team alongside training pals Thomas Riley, Emily Goulding, Bradley Mcguire, Jay Ward, Eve Sykes, Jordan Davies and Keiron Malyan to take part in the elite competition at the English Institute of Sport.
The group, ranging from the ages of eight to 18, were part of the 80-strong English Karate Alliance which brought home a number of medals altogether.
A club spokesman said: “They were really confident and did us proud.
“It just shows that hard work and dedication can pay off.”
The group’s mentors are Sensei athletes Rob McGrevy, Paul Filenczuk, Alan Pennington and Sarah Ward.
The club trains weekly at Union Jack (Comrades Club)in Goldthorpe’s High Street, as well as The Venue in Sheffield Road, Birdwell.